Transferring foster agency

We love to hear from experienced foster carers who want to join an agency that truly cares.

Foster carers can only be approved by one fostering agency at a time. But as a foster carer, you can choose to foster through the agency of your choice. If you would like to transfer your approval to AFA, you will benefit from the high quality support all our carers receive, to enable you to provide quality care to the children in placement with you.

With any transfer, the welfare of the child/children involved must come first.

How transferring foster agency works

The Fostering Services Regulations (2011) state foster carers can only be approved by one agency at a time.

A protocol for the transfer of carers between agencies has been agreed between The Fostering Network, the Joint Forum of Independent Providers and the Association of Directors of Children’s Services.

The Fostering Network Transfer Protocol (2014) (reviewed 2019) is designed to guarantee that each child either remains unaffected or will receive greater benefit when a carer chooses to transfer to a different agency. We fully support and subscribe to this Protocol.

A protocol meeting is held to ensure that transfers between fostering agencies are carried out in a way that will not impact the child in placement. Any children in placement will therefore transferwith you to your new approving agency, where it is in their best interest.

If you have any further queries or concerns please do not hesitate to call us on 0333 358 3217.

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